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Huawei International Scale-Up Programme

Preparing founders for global expansion and financing international growth

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What is it?

A three-week programme with one intensive day of mentoring and workshops per week.

About the programme

The Huawei International Scale-Up programme, delivered by Dogpatch Labs, is designed to help founders prepare for international expansion, focusing on sales and growth in international markets with a particular focus on Asia.


The programme will run for 3 weeks, with one intensive day of workshops each week, and culminates in a pitch to Huawei senior leadership, investors, fellow founders and the wider startup ecosystem.

Work with Huawei

Startups will have the opportunity to work with Huawei, who operate in over 170 countries and serve more than three billion people worldwide.


Huawei is ranked as the 2nd highest private sector investor in research and the development in the world according to the European Commission Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard 2021.


Up to $300K USD cloud credits on offer for selected startups.

"Collaboration and innovation are embedded in our DNA, we create a shared value for developers, entrepreneurs, startups and our partners in agile ways of working and a 360-degree solution approach. Working with Dogpatch Labs, Ireland's leading startup hub, we hope to bring together a new and exciting cloud-based platform for Irish startups to further push their limits in technologies, to accelerate digitalisation and innovation, and to expand their business footprint globally."


Tim Tao | President @ Huawei Cloud West Europe

What’s in it for startups?

Connect with brilliant entrepreneurial minds, learn from founders who have conquered international markets and work with world-class mentors

New International Markets  & Customers

New International Markets & Customers

A launchpad to deploy your cross-border business, accessing new markets and customers

Work with Huawei Senior Leadership

Work with Huawei Senior Leadership

Hear from thought leaders within Huawei, and pitch to senior leadership at the showcase

Founders who have Scaled Internationally

Founders who have Scaled Internationally

Learn from Irish founders who have successfully scaled and launched internationally

World Class Programme & Expert Mentoring

World Class Programme & Expert Mentoring

Participate in interactive workshops and learn from industry experts and entrepreneurs who have built, scaled and exited startups

300K USD worth of Cloud Credits

300K USD worth of Cloud Credits

Up to $300K USD cloud credits on offer for selected startups

Showcase Day

Showcase Day

The programme culminates in a pitch to Huawei senior leadership, investors, fellow founders and the wider startup ecosystem

"This programme is designed to support ambitious, globally focused entrepreneurs as they look towards international expansion and new markets. Huawei bring a wealth of expertise and access to a global customer base, operating in over 170 countries as one of the largest suppliers of telecoms equipment globally. At Dogpatch, our programmes are entrepreneur-led to ensure maximum value for startups."


Dave Power | Innovation Director @ Dogpatch Labs

Who is this for?

The programme is designed for potential high growth, cloud native Irish startups.

Ideally you...

  • Have a product with customers/live in market
  • Are focused on international expansion
  • Have potentially raised seed funding and are working towards your Series A
  • Have a SaaS, Fintech or Cloud Native component to your startup

Programme Overview

Week 1: Acquiring Customers

Deep dive into the art of international growth, and learn how to access international markets, from legals and company formation, to hiring and sales.


Work with and learn from founders and experts who have successfully expanded into global markets.

Week 2 : Funding & Financing

Learn how to make the transition from Seed – Series A, focusing on funding, growth, metrics and everything in between. Hear from startups who have worked with Huawei, and how Huawei can support you as you scale.

Week 3 : Refining your Pitch

Now to communicate your message in a clear, concise and compelling manner. Work on your pitch with mentors and advisors, ensuring your message is coherent and well positioned towards your target audience. 


Work with a pitch coach, and prepare for your presentation to Huawei senior leadership, investors, fellow founders and the wider startup ecosystem in the culminating Demo Day on 11th November.


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Huawei Startup Success Stories

Scantist is an open source code security scanning startup based in Singapore. Since joining Huawei Cloud Startup Program in 2020, it has achieved 2.5 times business growth and valuation increased by 10 times.


The cybersecurity startup has received $5M+ in Series A funds and was also listed in Gartner’s 2021 market guide.

Read more startup stories here

Upcoming Showcase- Sign up

Don’t miss the Huawei Scale Up Showcase on Friday 11th November to meet 10 exciting startups as they prepare for international expansion.

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